Following completion of this free OpenLearn course, Linear programming – the basic ideas, you should find that your skills in finding a solution to a linear programming problem and interpreting the result in terms of the original problem are improving.
You should now be able to:
- formulate a given simplified description of a suitable real-world problem as a linear programming model in general, standard and canonical forms
- sketch a graphical representation of a two-dimensional linear programming model given in general, standard or canonical form
- classify a two-dimensional linear programming model by the type of its solution
- solve a two-dimensional linear programming problem graphically
- use the simplex method to solve small linear programming models by hand, given a basic feasible point.
This free OpenLearn course is an extract from the Open University course.
If you feel you are ready to move on in your study of applied mathematics but don’t have time to study a full Open University course at this time, you might like to study the free OpenLearn courses Introduction to the calculus of variations and Kinematics of fluids.